Luke Batty's mother says there was no way to see it coming
THE grieving mother of Luke Batty, the boy murdered by his own father at cricket training, says her husband had a history of mental illness but there was no way she could see the tragedy coming.
An incredibly brave Rosie Batty spoke to media as reports emerged of a history of family domestic violence against her.
Melbourne's Herald Sun uncovered disturbing details of Greg Anderson's history of violence.
Several warrants for his arrest were issued by magistrates last month, but police failed to locate him.
The 54-year-old had been charged by police with assaulting Ms Batty and threatening to kill her, as well as possessing child pornography.
Ms Batty told media she was was in "shock'' and "disbelief'' at what happened.
"And what I want to share with you is, I'm the victim of family violence and if anything comes out of this, I want it to be a lesson to everybody.
"Luke was at cricket practice and … I believed he was safe.
"It's just a little cricket practice. There was people there.
"I'm a victim like anybody else.
"I don't think anyone really understood or understands what someone is able to do.
"And so, as a sane person, or as a caring parent, you trust the very person who killed him, loved him, and they did love him, they loved him more than anyone else.
"The only two people who love their son more than anyone, is their mother and father.
"And the very tragic thing about this is the father's life was tragic and based on … challenges in his life that we couldn't help him with and nor could anyone else.
She said her husband had battled homelessness and depression after losing work but he loved his son.
"No one loved Luke more than Greg, his father.
"No one loved Luke more than me - we both loved him.
"I did what I believed was in the best interest of Luke and I'm comfortable with that.
"It's a tragic situation that no one could see was going to happen.
"I'm still dealing with disbelief.
"I want to tell everybody that family violence happens to everybody, no matter how nice your house is, how intelligent you are, it happens to anyone and everyone.
"This has been an 11 year battle.
"Luke was nearly as tall as me, he was sensitive, he loved his dad and he felt pain because his dad, he knew, was struggling.''
Rosie Batty told of the moment she saw her son's terrible injuries.
"I looked for help and I ran towards help and screaming 'get an ambulance, get an ambulance, this is bad, this is really bad.
"From what I could see Luke had been injured, I thought it was an accident, I had no reason to think it was otherwise.
"I thought Greg had accidentally hurt him from a bowling accident.
"I was screaming, inconsolable, I just wanted the ambulance to get there quickly and I didn't want to know what had happened before the ambulance had told me what had happened and that he was going to be OK.''